Watchers, I’m sorry to have been away so long. Between a trip, illness, and many other obligations, I got behind in viewing and writing. We will be catching up with three shows this week, discussing a few episodes of each.
Grimm, Friday 9:00 EST, NBC
A lot has happened on Grimm over the last few weeks. Hank has seen the trailer, and now even helps Nick with research. Juliet and Captain Renard are obsessed with each other due to the spell he used to wake her up from her Adalind-induced coma. Monroe has been running Rosalee’s shop while she’s out of town (Bree Turner was having her baby). We learned that Captain Renard’s mother was a hexenbeast.
The most recent episode featured La Llarona, the ghost who murders children every Halloween in an attempt to resurrect her own that she murdered. Those were some pretty creepy ghost children shown at the end, weren’t they? Things were kind of left up in the air, but my guess is that she got away. What do you think?
I loved it that Monroe is so into Halloween. How about those decorations of his? I could have done without the big spiders, though.
My favorite line in the last episode: “If this is real, how do you ever sleep?” (Hank to Nick, while looking through the books).
I’m really enjoying this season so far, but I do hope the Juliet/Captain Renard thing gets resolved soon. I do like that we are getting bits and pieces of information about the royal situation, but I always want to know more.
What about you? How do you like the season so far? What are your favorite storylines? Least favorite?
Once Upon a Time, Sunday 8:00 EST, ABC
I don’t know about you, but I think this show is just as strong (if not more so) than it was last season. Aside from the cool new characters (Hook, Victor Frankenstein, Aurora, Mulan and Lancelot), every episode we learn more backstory to the various players but also about the magic underlying the kingdom. For me, what I appreciate most about the show is the way they manage to tie everything together — to loop events, people, and stories around and back again, and they make sense.
I thought it was pretty cool that there was the one spot that didn’t fall under the curse. Of course, it’s not so great for those Emma and Snow at this point, but the show is doing a good job of keeping the separation dramatic enough without going overboard.
A couple of episodes ago we learned that Rumpelstiltskin needed that particular curse to find his son. Now that’s a story I am waiting to hear more about, for sure, and I’m guessing it will become a major bit of the plot.
Have you enjoyed seeing the younger, pre-evil Regina? And it’s nice to have Charming rather than David, isn’t it?
What do you think of the new season? Who have been your favorite new characters? What story are you most intrigued by and anxious to learn more about?
The Vampire Diaries, Thursday 8:00 EST, The CW
This past summer I watched all of seasons two and three and half of season one in two months. I am a big fan now, and the show will make a regular appearance in the column.
One of my least favorite romance tropes is the love triangle. That said, this show actually has one that I feel is believable. What about you?
In the premiere, when Elena has become a vampire, she tells Stefan, “I can be with you forever, if I want.” I found that to be a very important point, one that I believe will play a major role in the upcoming season.
One of my favorite scenes so far is from the second episode, where Damon was talking to Alaric’s grave, and Alaric could hear him, though Damon didn’t know that.
Speaking of Alaric, he was one of my favorite characters. I’m still not sure how I feel about his storyline for the last part of Season 3, but at least the end was touching.
And now we have Phoebe Tonkin in the show, even if it’s only for a few episodes. I think she’s a great actress, and really liked her on The Secret Circle.
I must admit that I am a Damon fan. No apologies. However, I will also say that I like Stefan better this season than any of the others. Both evil and overly-broody Stefan I find disturbing and annoying, but this season he seems to be more of a balance.
Who are some of your favorite characters? How do you like the show so far this season?
Watchers, I am far behind on Haven and Supernatural, and believe it or not I have not watched any of Fringe yet. I plan to get caught up for the next column, which will appear in two weeks. After that I should be back on a weekly schedule.